Posts Tagged ‘discrimination’

Name-blind recruitment: A step we need to take?

In my first year as a recruiter, back in 1989 London, I was working on an enthusiastic young candidate. She was confident, capable and interviewed well. Whenever I followed up with the client after forwarding her resume, I was greeted with a range of rather odd-sounding reasons not to interview her. When I asked my…

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Some slave labour with your free range chicken?

Anybody that viewed the recent 4 Corners ‘Slaving Away’ report (4 May, 2015) would have been absolutely appalled, as I was, at what they learned.   Reporter Caro Meldrum-Hanna lifted the lid on sham labour-hire contractors (to classify those operators exposed by 4 Corners as ‘labour-hire firms’ insults the vast majority of the industry who…

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Too ugly or too blonde: The dilemmas and traps of looks discrimination

Recently I read about the Victorian Equal Opportunity Commission’s employment-based complaints from potential employees relating to perceived appearance-based discrimination.  In the past five years there have been 107 complaints about discrimination based on obesity, 96 complaints about being too ugly or blonde and 22 for tattoos or piercings, to name just three specific discriminatory categories.  My first…

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A Lesson in Humility by John Colebatch

I am currently taking a couple of weeks off over the school holidays and normally when I take time off I republish a lead article from the InSight archives. However this week is different.     Prompted by my lead article last week, Sydney-based executive recruiter John Colebatch contacted me to share a few amusing…

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Exile on Main Street: Older job seekers feel unwanted

  Six weeks ago Federal Employment Participation Minister, Kate Ellis unveiled the first national report into employment barriers for older workers, The 2011-12 National Survey on the Barriers to Employment for Mature Age People. Ellis was reported as saying the following; that 36% of mature age job seekers had experienced aged-related exclusion during job searches,…

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